Dr Nicos Middleton PhD

Dr Nicos Middleton, BSc Statistics and Operational Research (UCL, 1997), MSc Health Care Decision Analysis (LSE and LSHTM, 1998) and PhD Epidemiology (School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, 2004) is Associate Professor in Health Sciences Research Methodology and Biostatistics, Head of Department of Nursing and Dean of School of Health Sciences at the Cyprus University of Technology. Previous affiliations include the Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol (Lecturer in Medical Statistics, 2004-2005), the Harvard School of Public Health (postdoctoral research fellow, 2006-2008) and the Cyprus International Institute for Environmental and Public Health (visiting Lecturer, 2006-2008).

His research interests lie in the field of chronic disease, mental health and social epidemiology, with a particular focus on population health inequalities and the socio-environmental determinants of health. Currently, he is the scientific coordinator of the “BrEaST start in life” project (funded by EEA NGO Grants), a longitudinal study of mothers who gave birth in Cypriot maternity clinics in order to provide first-time indicators (initiation, exclusivity and duration) and determinants of breastfeeding (maternity clinic practices, self-efficacy, support from the social and work environment). Previously, he has been the Lead Statistician/ Epidemiologist in the largest epidemiological studies performed so far in Cyprus on childhood asthma and respiratory health (Dr P. Yiallouros, PI, Cyprus International Institute for Environmental and Public Health). Several potential determinants of asthma and allergies in children and adolescents were investigated, including the role of caesarean sections, which in Cyprus exceed 60%. In the last 5 years he has been involved in a number of other research projects (funded by FP7, Cyprus RPF, MoH, and CUT internal funds). Now, featuring more than 1600 citations in the literature (h-index=20, i10-index=30), work he authored/co-authored have been published in high impact journals, and disseminated widely at local and international conferences (IEA, ERS, EuroEpi, EUPHA). His teaching experience covers a broad range of subjects, including Health Research Methodology, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Evidence-based practice, Systematic reviews and meta-analysis, Scientific writing and presentation skills, at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. In September 2015 he was appointed as Government Representative in the Board of Directors of the Health Insurance Organization.

Research interests

Health inequalities; socio-environmental determinants of health; Social environment; Physical environment; Epidemiology of chronic diseases; Childhood asthma and allergies; Air pollution; Mental health epidemiology; Social support; Social capital; Socio-economic deprivation and health indicators; Routine data sources; Registries; Census; Geographical health inequalities; GIS; Disease mapping; research methodology in clinical and epidemiological studies